On This Day

Historical Events in 1568

  • Jan 24 Abdij Church in Middelburg destroyed by fire
  • Jan 24 In Netherlands, Duke of Alva declares William of Orange an outlaw
  • Feb 17 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II agrees to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire for peace
  • Mar 23 Treaty of Longjumeau: French huguenots go on strike
  • May 13 Mary Queen of Scots is defeated at Battle of Langside
  • May 16 Mary Queen of Scots flees to England

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May 19 English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Mary, Queen of Scots

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I
Queen of England and Ireland
Elizabeth I
  • May 23 Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed
  • May 23 The Netherlands declares independence from Spain
  • Jun 1 Duke of Alva oversees beheading of 18 nobles in Brussels as part of Council of Troubles/Council of Blood
  • Jul 10 Battle on Eems: Dutch Water garrison beats Spanish
  • Jul 13 Dean of St. Paul's London, Alexander Nowell perfects a way to bottle beer
  • Jul 21 Battle at Jemmingen: Alva's troops beat Dutch rebellion

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Oct 5 Conference of York begins: trial against Mary Stuart

Queen of Scotland Mary Stuart
Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart
  • Oct 5 William of Orange's army occupies Brabant
  • Oct 21 2nd Altenburger sermon: Philippisten/Gnesiolutheranen
  • Dec 24 Uprising of Moriscos in Granada
  • Dec 26 Uprising of Morisco's against suppression in Granada